I’ve had this idea in my head of an outside art day rotation, where I’ve got different stations set up and the kids rotate through them, adding on to the project that is already started (or starting a new one, if no one has been at that station yet).
Today, I decided just to do it. We had a break in the humidity, and it wasn’t too hot, and we had no plans until the afternoon, so I knew if we didn’t do it today it could be awhile.
It took me about 45 minutes to set up, which included taping down paper to the driveway, getting all the supplies needed to each station, and retrieving Edison from the street a few times.
Here are the stations I set up:
Oil Pastels on paper
Painting w/ branches from a shrub
Painting Spider Webs w/ q tips on black paper
Plain old painting w/ the easel
Drawing w/ Markers
Bingo Dotters on paper
And using matchbox cars to paint
I walked them through the stations and gave them the following guidelines: One one child per piece of paper at a time (there were 2 papers per station w/ the exception of the spider webs, there I had 3 because I had an extra sheet). No whining about “That’s mine.” and explained the collaborative approach to creating- to add on to what’s already there and make it work.
I think I took too long to set up, because by the time I was done Mary was crabby and Edison had no attention span, but other than that it went pretty well. The most popular station was the oil pastels, each child visited that station more than once, with Elliot spending the most time there.
Here are some pics from the hour we spent on the driveway (yes, that’s 45 minutes of set up for only an hour of actual work on art, I had hoped for more but they were starting to get hungry and crabby!):